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Social security claimants during COVID-19: successes and struggles

Updated: Feb 11

REPORT LAUNCH EVENT

Come to our webinar to launch our major WASD research report on social security and Covid, with guest speakers

Friday 19 February 2021 11am-12.00.


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The last year has challenged the UK social security system like no other. The DWP moved swiftly to process an unprecedented number of new benefit claims and cope with soaring demand. But as our major new report shows, some claimants struggled with the claiming process, and many new claimants saw a sharp fall in income, including experiences of poverty, debt and hunger. Over time, people’s ability to cope financially will be eroded.


Join us for this important event where we will present new data from the Welfare at a (Social) Distance project reflecting on claimants’ experiences during COVID-19 and ask: what steps do we need to take to provide more complete social security, both for the rest of the pandemic and beyond?


Welfare at a (Social) Distance (@DistantWelfare) is a major national research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of UK Research and Innovation’s Rapid Response to Covid-19.


Speakers include:

Professor Lisa Scullion and WASD team members


With responses from:

  • Neil Couling, Change Director General, DWP

  • Katie Schmuecker, Deputy Director of Policy & Partnerships, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • Ellen Clifford, Expert by Experience and WASD Advisory Group member

This event will be relevant to social security policymakers, practitioners, service users, campaigners, support providers and academics.


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